Launch Your Business—Now!

We Turn Your Idea

Into Your Own Business

Launch or Grow Your Business in 4 to 6 Months with Our New Everyday Entrepreneur Program.

We’ll Even Give You Money to Start Your Own Business.

Yes, seriously.


Launch Your Business Now!

Through our new entrepreneur program—Launch Your Business Now!—students who complete at least three of five required courses toward a Certificate through MCC are eligible to present their business plan for funding consideration. You could be awarded up to $20,000 in start-up or growth capital through our partnerships with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund.

Get ready to start regardless of academic background. Financial aid is eligible for all certificate programs.

About the Certificate Program

Learn to Plan, Fund, and Launch or Grow

Our Launch Your Business Now! program helps you develop skills and strategies to launch a new business or grow your existing business. We help you determine a product/market fit, think through and put an operational plan in place, develop a business plan, determine a funding strategy, find sources of funding, and launch or grow your business within 4-6 months. Upon completion of three required courses, you become eligible to compete for up to $20,000 in seed funding for your business.

Small Businesses
in the U.S.
Have Only
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Businesses Are
Businesses Started
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Started for Less
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Owners Agree First
Year is Toughest

It’s More Than a Certificate Program.

It’s Opportunity Itself.

Do more with your Certificate and take advantage of resources and opportunities available to you as an entrepreneurial student and MCC Alumni.

IDEA Center

Activities sponsored through the IDEA Center – workshops, panels, guest speakers, etc.

Practical Workshops

Learn form workshops on Strategy, Market Research, Financial Management, Customer Engagement, and Social Media

IDEA Center Challenges

DifferenceMaker@MCC IDEA Challenge — An annual series of workshops leading to a pitch contest in partnership with UMass Lowell, with prizes up to $1,000

Pitch Contests

Pitch contests in classes as practice and a space to hone in on verbal presentation of your idea.

MCC Student Marketplaces

Virtual and physical locations to test your product, and sell it.

Valuable Connections

Connection to a regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship and small business resources.

Launch Your Business Now (LYBN) Alumni Businesses

A few examples of small business, micro-business, and home office businesses people have started in our program. Please check them out! Let’s add your new business idea to the list!

The Sweet Spot – a sustainable clothing, jewelry, gifts and home goods store in downtown Lowell Instagram 




BodyFuel Café – a nutritious snack and café concept Instagram




Beautiful Psalms a spiritual gifts e-commerce company Instagram

Barber on the Run – a mobile barber service 






Natural Journey’s – a natural and kinky hair boutique // Instagram





Good Wood Restoration –  a restoration construction company in Lowell 

Our Funding Partner

Everyday Entrepreneurs
Venture Fund

MCC has partnered with the Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund (EEVF) to offer MCC students with financial opportunities to start or grow their business through our new Launch Your Business Now (LYBN) certificate program. EEVF seed money can be used for equipment, marketing, and operating your business. Best of all, you don’t have to pay it back.

Create Your Plan

You create a business plan and funding pitch.

Readiness to present ideas to the EEVF will be determined by a student’s business plan, financial projections, and business pitch.

Funding Eligibility

Complete three required courses for eligibility.

EEVF gives preference to students completing the certificate program, or who complete three required courses—BUS 211, BUS 216, and BUS 218.

Seed Money Awards

Seed money will be awarded to students twice a year.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to students twice a year. Range of grants is dependent on the volume of requests, approvals, and balance of funds.

Mentoring and Support

Upon approval, you are assigned mentors for one year.

Upon approval, entrepreneurs are assigned mentors for one year to give entrepreneurs support while they seek profitability within 6 to 12 months.

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Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College is one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts with two campuses in Lowell and Bedford. MCC offers 57 associate degree programs, 25 certificate programs, and noncredit courses for personal and professional development. Classes are offered during the day, evening, weekends, and online. Learn more at the college website by clicking here. 
Find out tuition cost with the MCC tuition calculator.
*10 credits for 3 required courses, 16 credits for full certificate

Send Us A Note

For program information, please contact Franky Descoteaux, Everyday Entrepreneurs Venture Fund Coordinator, at 

or Stacie Hargis, MCC Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, at 

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